Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018
Fri 23 Feb 18:30
The Photographers' Gallery
16 - 18 Ramillies Street
W1F 7LW London
Batia Suter (1967, Switzerland) is nominated for her publication Parallel Encyclopedia #2 (Roma, 2016).
Batia Suter's substantial compendium is an image-led sequence of subjective associations offering visual dialogues and new categorisations that demonstrate how our understanding of the physical world and its history, as well as different cultures and places are affected by their context of representation. The found images are sourced and reproduced from roughly 1000 diverse publications collected by the artist. They form various themes and narratives that collectively investigate the nature of images and the process of their consumption. Following on from the first Parallel Encyclopedia, published in 2007, this new volume further exercises the iconification of images by placing images in new and varying contexts exposing the possibilities of visual editing. Suter's artistic approach is personal and intuitive, selecting a large number of images, which ultimately present how images affect and manipulate meaning, depending on where and how they are placed.